Dubai is literally climbing to new heights - the largest and most populous town in the Emirates has Burj Khalifa, 2716 ft (828 m) skyscraper, which is the tallest building in the world. And now Dubai decided to break their own record, building a 3044 ft (928 m) high observation tower.
Here at Bright Side we were so impressed by this ambitious project, that we couldn't hold back from sharing it with you!
Dubai's ambitions tend to grow right along with the city itself, and now it's seeking to reach another "height" by building the new, tallest building in the world. Developed by Emaar Properties, the company that is also responsible for the Burj Khalifa, in 2016 the request for the tower was sent out to firms worldwide, and they selected an idea from architect Santiago Calatrava’s design.
Swiss-Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who is responsible for the tower's construction, is known worldwide for such iconic projects as the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Calgary Peace Bridge, the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, and the Turning Torso Tower in Malmö.
The design of the tower was inspired by the form of a lily and the shape of minaret, a distinctive architectural feature in Islamic culture. The name of the new skyscraper is associated with Dubai Creek — the natural sea arm in the eastern part of the city, that divides Dubai into 2 parts.
Since the 3044 ft (928 m) high tower is going to be uniquely tall, it's important to ensure its stability — the building will be supported by solid steel cables installed all around the base.
While constructing this tower, Dubai racked up another record - concrete piles that are 236 ft (72 m) tall were used just for the foundation, not to mention over 1,589,160 cubic feet (45,000 cubic meters) of concrete. According to the project plans, the upper part of the tower will have approximately 20 floors with 360 degree view observation decks, hanging gardens, restaurants, shops, and a hotel.
The building will also be surrounded by a 3 mile (4.5 km) promenade area with a yacht club, residential sector with apartments, and 22 hotels, as well as a shopping complex that exceeds the size of the Dubai Mall (the largest shopping mall in the world).
The construction of this unprecedented, costly, very promising, and eastern-style ambitious project is aimed to be completed in 2020, before the Dubai World Expo. It aims to be the biggest leisure and touristic attraction in the world, providing tourists and residents with a modern, luxurious, and sustainable environment to live, work, and entertain in.
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